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Airbnb is a privately held online home-sharing service platform established nine years ago back in 2008 at San Francisco, California, USA. This company serves as a broker for private homeowners who want to rent out their apartments or rooms to travelers looking for a place to stay. The idea of the said platform is to provide alternative and unique accommodations for travelers around the world and establish a community built on sharing for both hosts and guests alike. Now with over 3 million lodging listings in 191 countries, Airbnb remains on top when it comes to online home-sharing market.
Back in 2012, Airbnb decided to expand their services in Asia and launched an office in Singapore. Airbnb Singapore’s website now hosts over 6000 home listings for guests around the world wanting to stay on Asia’s Lion City.
By registering to an account, users can unlock a whole new world of home-sharing and online hospitality service. Travellers in search for distinctive Singaporean lodgings can now easily do so by entering their travel destination and travel dates in Airbnb Singapore’s website and hitting search. Lodgings range from modern condominiums with luxurious amenities such as swimming pools, Jacuzzis, and tennis courts to private rooms with personal toilets. The choices are vast and the amenities even more so and if you find what you’re looking for, book it. Sometimes, hosts want to get to know their guests better before confirming your booking while other hosts prefer using Airbnb’s Instant book feature. After you’re done, all you need to do is catch your flight to Singapore and enjoy your stay.
Hosts, on the other hand, can share their residences by creating a listing for their place. Forms regarding the lodging’s description together with photos of the place and the price are to be filled out in order to help prospective guests from getting a feel of the place you’re offering. Hosts are also free to setup the house rules, cancelation policies and the availability dates. When guests find your place to their liking, hosts will then receive a reservation confirmation and a message from their guests and if all the details are worked out, the only thing left to do is to welcome your guest. How you do it is up to you, but of course, providing a clean place and the essentials is a must.
Airbnb facilitates all payments so hosts don’t need to bother making money deals. Guests are required to pay before they arrive through either credit cards or PayPal through Airbnb’s Security Payment feature.
For Airbnb who values trust above all, their customer’s well-being is their number one concern, that is why Airbnb requires verified information from both the hosts and the guests in order to eliminate dangers and establish Airbnb as a trusted service platform. Airbnb Singapore’s Host Guarantee also insures the hosts from accidental damage to their homes and theft. Airbnb also offers promos in the form of coupons ranging from Singaporean dollar discounts to percent discounts.
With some troubles in the legalities that prevent private-owners from renting their homes for less than six-months, Airbnb Singapore remains resolute in being “committed to working with the Singaporean government in order to adopt a model home-sharing that works for Singapore”.
If you have any questions and inquiries, you can contact Airbnb’s Help Center at airbnb.com/contact. You can also visit Airbnb Singapore’s headquarters at 168 Cecil Street, Singapore 069545. For the seamless online lodging reservation Airbnb’s website at https://www.airbnb.co